LaTina Steele, Ph.D.
Areas of Specialization: Marine/Aquatic Ecology, Chemical Ecology
Professional Interests, Activities and Affiliations
- Member, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation
- Member, New England Estuarine Research Society
- Member, American Society of Plant Biologists
Degrees and Certifications
Ph.D. in Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL (2010)
B.S. in Biology, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL (2004)
BI CC103 Human Community and Science Discovery
BI 203 Organisms to Populations Laboratory
BI 204 Populations to Ecosystems Laboratory
BI 299 Chemical Ecology
BI 399 Senior Seminar
ESM 501 Principles of Environmental Systems Analysis & Management I
ESM 507 Environmental Toxicology
ESM 599 Environmental Statistics
Research Interests & Grants
- The role of chemical interactions in determining invasion success of non-native aquatic plants
- Using native herbivores to mitigate invasive aquatic plants
- Using stable isotopes to examine habitat connectivity
- Effects the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on seagrass physiology and coastal fish communities
- Effects of habitat and predator diversity on salt marsh community structure
- The role of phenolic compounds as inducible chemical defenses against herbivory and pathogenic infection in seagrasses
Dr. Steele’s research interests include marine community ecology, aquatic/marine plant chemical ecology, invasive plant ecology, and the effects of pollutants on coastal ecosystems. Her specific research areas include:
2013. USGS/Connecticut Institute of Water Resources 104B Grant. Co-PI with Dr. Michele Guidone. Mitigating Eurasian watermilfoil invasion success and ecosystem impact using native herbivores. Approved, award pending. $18,265
Honors, Awards & Fellowship
- Alabama Center for Estuarine Studies (ACES) Graduate Fellowship (2008-2009) $19,000
- University of South Alabama Doctoral Fellowship (2004-2007) $50,000
- Rawls Award from University of South Alabama (2004)
Publications and Presentations
Steele, L. and J.F. Valentine. 2012. Idiosyncratic responses of seagrass phenolic production following sea urchin grazing. Marine Ecology Progress Series 466: 81-92
Steele L, Valentine JV, Mortazavi B, Rozas LP. 2012. Stable isotopes indicate prevalent cross-habitat linkages in a northern Gulf of Mexico estuary. Final Report to the Northern Gulf Institute for NGI Project File #09-NGI-07.
Steele L, Caldwell M, Boettcher A, Arnold T. 2005. Seagrass-pathogen interactions: ‘pseudo-induction’ of turtlegrass phenolics near wasting disease lesions. Marine Ecology Progress Series 303:123-131.
Steele L, Valentine JF, Boettcher A. In revision. A comparison of phenolic and nitrogen concentrations in the leaves of the seagrasses Thalassia testudinum and Haldoule wrightii from three sites in the Florida panhandle.
Steele L, Darnell KM, Cebrian J, Sanchez-Lisazo JL. In review. Spatial and temporal variability in Sarpa salpa herbivory on shallow reaches of Posidonia oceanica beds.
Steele L, Valentine JF. In prep. Seagrass response to grazing is affected by grazer identity and seagrass species.
Steele L, Valentine JV, Mortazavi B, Rozas LP. In prep. Stable isotopes indicate prevalent cross-habitat linkages in a northern Gulf of Mexico estuary.
Steele L. 2012. Putting chemistry to work in ecology: chemical defenses and ecological tracers. Dauphin Island Sea Lab Summer Seminar Series (Invited seminar).
Steele L, Valentine JF, Mortazavi B, Rozas LP, Kauffman T. 2012. Seasonal and annual variation in habitat linkages in a northern Gulf of Mexico estuary: effects of climate. Benthic Ecology Meeting. Poster.
Kauffman T, Valentine JF, Martin C, Steele L. 2012. Changes in coastal fish communities following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Benthic Ecology Meeting. Poster (Student presenter).
Dueker M, Steele L, Valentine JF. 2012. Do visual cues determine bucktooth parrotfish (Sparisoma radians) feeling patterns? Benthic Ecology Meeting. Oral (Student presenter).
Steele L, Vedral A, Valentine JF, Mortazavi B, Rozas LP. 2011. Seasonally varying habitat linkages in a northern Gulf of Mexico estuary. NGI (Northern Gulf Institute) Meeting. Poster.
Vedral A, Mortazavi B, Valentine JF, Steele L. 2011. Using Stable Isotopes to Investigate a Cross-Habitat Linkage Presented by the Post-Mating Migration of Female Blue Crabs in Mobile Bay, Alabama. NGI (Northern Gulf Institute) Meeting. Poster.
Rozas LP, Valentine JF, Martin C, Steele L. 2011. Use of Shallow Estuarine Habitats by Nekton in the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, Alabama. NGI (Northern Gulf Institute) Meeting. Poster.
Corrales J, Lee S, Steele L, Gochfeld DJ, Slattery M, Boettcher A, Willett KL. 2011. Impact of oil contaminants from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in seagrasses of the Mississippi-Alabama coast. Pollutant Responses in Marine Organisms Meeting. Poster.
Steele L, Vedral A, Valentine JF, Mortazavi B, Rozas LP. 2011. Seasonally varying habitat linkages in a northern Gulf of Mexico estuary. Benthic Ecology Meeting. Poster.
Kauffman T, Valentine JF, Martin C, Steele L. 2011. Trophic Cascade in an Experimental Seagrass Bed. Benthic Ecology Meeting. Poster.
Steele L, Valentine JF. 2010. Phenolic content of two subtropical seagrasses affects feeding behavior of mesograzers but not macrograzers. Benthic Ecology Meeting. Oral (Best Student Oral Presentation).